31.10.2022 - 4.11.2022

People First Impact Method (P-FIM)


31.10.2022 – 4.11.2022, Berlin

P-FIM is a community engagement tool where communities lead in identifying important issues and activities in their lives. The starting point is people and communities, not projects or agencies. It builds transparency, shared learning and trust between all stakeholders, especially the community, local government and agencies. P-FIM strengthens communication with affected people as a basis for accurate information gathering, understanding context and facilitating active engagement.



Participants will qualify to facilitate P-FIM exercises.

  • Community group identification
  • Communication pyramid
  • Wheel of life
  • Unterstanding context
  • Questioning techniques
  • Goal-free discussions
  • Two-way engagement
  • Application of P-FIM


Target group

The training is directed at the staff of German humanitarian NGOs responsible for engagement, assessment, monitoring and evaluation. Students or professionals from other disciplines who plan to work in the humanitarian sector are welcome.



Gerry McCarthy, co-founder of P-FIM, will facilitate the training.



The training will take place as a five-day face-to-face event from Monday, 31.10.2022 – Friday, 4.11.2022 in Berlin. The sessions will be in English. Participation is free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs must be organised and paid by the participants. The venue is largely accessible. Please let us know if you have special support needs and/or bring assistive devices or companions. We will be happy to make reasonable accommodations associated with the event to the best of our ability.

The training is part of a joint project of the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) of Ruhr-University Bochum and VENRO. It can be credited for the Certificates of Advanced Studies in “Locally-Led Humanitarian Action" or “Foundations Humanitarian Action". You can find more information here. Participants who would like to obtain a certificate have to take part in a final test. The test will take place on the last training day.



Please register here until 16 October 2022.

Please contact Karoline Krähling for further questions (+49 (0)30/26 39 299-28, k.kraehling(at)venro.org).